The Drama department at George Salter Academy consists of a highly skilled team of practitioners who are equally passionate about the educational value of Drama in giving all young people a voice to express themselves. Drama is a very popular subject at the Academy that offers different pathways in Key Stage 4 and 5 depending on the preferred learning style of our students.
The subject is delivered within two bespoke spaces including the Green Room Theatre, with a 200 raked seating that is fully equipped with a professional lighting rig and sound system. There is also a more intimate Drama studio adjacent to the theatre that is used for smaller scale projects and performances.
The Drama department takes the delivery of Drama activities outside of the curriculum just as seriously as what is taught within lesson time. All students are invited to audition for the whole school production that has previously included Les Miserables, Chicago and High School Musical. We also offer LAMDA acting qualifications, KS3 Drama club and Talent performance opportunities. Rehearsals and study support are also a vital part of what we do within the Drama department. Rarely a week goes by without our students shaping, developing and sharing their practical work or working alongside members of the department on improving their practice within written exams/coursework.
The Drama department believes that in order to create good theatre, it is essential that our students are given regular opportunities to watch live theatre and work with different practitioners. Recent and upcoming trips include Noughts and Crosses, War Horse, A Monster Calls and Dr Faustus.
We have offered workshops with an exciting range of high profile theatre artists including Frantic Assembly and Splendid Theatre Company. Established links have been made with universities and drama schools to help prepare our older students for making that important next step into higher education such as Birmingham School of Acting, Birmingham City University, RADA and LAMDA.
Performing outside of the Academy has also become a reality for many of our young people who have shared their talents on the professional stage including Birmingham Rep and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. This year, we hosted National Youth Theatre auditions, with four of our Key Stage 4 and 5 students successfully selected for this prestigious company out of 6000 participants.
George Salter Academy can provide 20 places per year for students who have an aptitude for Music, Dance or Drama.
Mrs J. Clark (Head of Drama), email: [email protected]
"Drama is a subject where you can open up, share your ideas and create something unforgettable."
"I am inspired through Drama and it helps me when I have had a bad day. The teachers help to bring us together to perform and enhance our ideas. The department brings out the true personalities of all the students."
"The GSA Drama department offers excellent opportunities to all students such as performing to a live audience and taking trips to watch other performances."